Echoes are done. Also 24 hour holter monitoring, to check for rhythm disturbances, which can be a precursor to DCM and sudden death. There's also a new blood test being touted as a predictor of future heart problems. although it's not widely used yet, and some cardiologists are on the fence about whether it's accurate or useful.Just wondering the best age to check for cardiomyopathy issues. I am assuming they do an echo to look at the heart. Also, if and when do you check for thyroid problems? Lexie has a vet appointment comming up. She has had her first two distempers and will be brought up to date on her shots. Any other tests to be done?
My almost 2 year old bitch will start regular cardiac testing within the next few months. I'll probably do that annually until she's 5 or so. my almost 6 year old male gets echoes done twice a year.
Thyroids should be checked annually after 18 months-2 years of age.
Really, the only definitive test that can be performed on a puppy is the dna test for vWD. Depending on the status of the parents, it might be a good idea to do that..if either parent is known to be vWD clear, then I wouldn't bother if the dog is never going to be used for breeding-a clear dog can never produce an affected puppy. If both parents are carriers, or one carrier and one affected, then I'd do the dna test-it's a good idea to know vWD status.
but that's something you do yourself, with a swab which you obtain from Vetgen, and send back to them for the results. www.vetgen.com . Don't waste your money on the ELISA blood test for vWD your vet performs-there's a high percentage of errors, and an overlap between categories, all of which makes it not reliable to diagnose vWD status.